Posted by: fiore | December 3, 2010

Graham Shiel named Scotland 7s Head Coach

Graham Shiel

Graham Shiel has been part of that Scotland team, back in the 90s, that made me fall in love with this game. Along with Gary Armstrong and Gavin Hastings, he has been one of my favourite rugby player ever.  At that time I incredibly preferred backs to forwards! But I was young and ignorant then… 😉

A man from Melrose RFC, founders of the 7-a-side rugby, he earned *only* 18 caps in his career but played in 2 World Cups (1991 & 1995): I still have this clear image of him in my mind during the  Scotland v New Zealand quarter final of the 1995 RWC, Gavin Hastings’ farewell game, moving from inside center to stand-off to replace an injured (knocked) Craig Chalmers without hesitation.

A good pair of hands but also a great tackler Graham has been recently appointed Scotland 7s Head Coach, a few weeks before the start of the new HSBC Sevens World Series.

A former 7s player himself, and with an almost 10 years coaching experience,  I’m sure he’s the perfect choice for the job.

I’m very happy to have this chance to express my appreciation for this beautiful player and I’m so glad to see him back on the pitch, even though on the bench.  😉 So, best of luck, Graham! ♣

“People associate Scotland with pride, hard work and determination and I think it’s important, as it is for all Scotland sides, that we take on the national values that people associate with the team. There’s a lot of pride in the jersey, a huge will to win and a hunger for players to succeed.” Graham Shiel

Graham Shiel scores a try in the 1991 RWC game between Scotland and Ireland

Read also the IRB article here and watch the BBC interview to Graham here.

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